|NORTH AND SOUTH FACING ROADSIDES...OBVIOUS COMMON EXAMPLES OF MICROCLIMATES|
Late yesterday afternoon while driving home from downtown I suddenly realized that I had not chosen a topic for this morning's post. As I turned the corner on 9th and Wilson, I looked east, and it dawned on me that I was looking at a perfect example of microclimate; a south and a north facing roadside.
The south facing (north side of the road) gets the majority of the sunshine all year long at northern latitudes, and is therefore the warmer microclimate, and the north facing (south side of the road ) receives the most shade, and is therefore the coolest microclimate.
Thus the south side of the road will be best for northern species like blueberries and rhododendrons, and the north side of the road best for southern species, such as prairie plants.
Maybe that's why the chicken crossed the road.